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first_img News News Facebook Twitter Sunglasses all the rage at markets There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) NewsEconomy AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img News By Daily NK – 2015.07.27 2:24pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR As the sun beats down on North Koreathis summer, more residents are taking to sunglasses not only to shield theireyes from the glare but to flaunt their wealth and ability to keep up with fashion trends.“There are many customers swarming thestalls looking for sunglasses,” a source from North Pyongan Province toldDaily NK. This news was confirmed by an additional source in South PyonganProvince, who often travels to other provinces for work and reported the same trends across the country.In the past, those sporting sunglasses wereconsidered “improper” or of “questionable character,” but such prejudices haveslowly slipped away, replaced instead with perceptions that sunglasses are fashionableand indicative of “overall sophistication.” “A variety of sunglasses have emerged now; wealthy consumers buy transition lenses that adjust depending on brightness,while those with less money purchase standard models,” she said. “Citizens see sunglasses as emblematic ofwealth and fashion. Some wear them just for casual outings but others wear themall the time–be it at state-run enterprises or just out on the street.”   According to the source, there are dozensof stalls specializing in sunglasses sales in general municipal and county markets across the county. Most items for sale are brought in from Chinaand depending on the quality price can vary greatly, but generally fall in the range of 10-15,000 KPW [1.23-1.85 USD]. “Some people, through personal connectionswith traders or family abroad, get luxurious foreign sunglasses unavailable atNorth Korean markets; these luxury brands are popular gifts to curry favor withParty cadres,” the source asserted.Aside from Party cadres, she added, those usually wearing these higher tier variations are the donju, North Korea’snewly affluent middle-class, or “money masters.” For this growing contingent, even secondhand luxury flagship brands are preferable to run-of-the-mill options pouring in from China, according to the source.  Moreover, a trend previously confinedmostly to men continues to trickle over into the female population, rapidly gaining momentum to quickly narrow the once gaping disparity in proclivity to wear sunglasses between the sexes. “Now you see now only donjufemales with sunglasses but even female merchants wearing them as they dobusiness at the markets,” she concluded. SHARE US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more